Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Few Handmade Mixed Media Christmas Cards - Challenge Post

Good evening everyone.  I just want to share a few Christmas cards that I made over the past week for friends and family.  These cards were relatively simple and cheap to make.  I ended up using scrapbook paper and ribbon I already had.  I did purchase some diecut snowflakes, and paper poinsettia flowers to embellish the cards. All other gems, stickers, and embellishments were from my crafting stash.

The materials I used:
Various foil and glitter scrapbook papers
 Kraft paper
Tombow glue
Pop dots (foam adhesive squares)
Winter and alphabet stickers
"Warm Wishes" holiday stamps
Black and brown ink pads
Glitter glue
Sakura star dust gel pen
Sakura Gelli Roll white gel pen
Double sided tape
Alcohol markers
Paper flowers
Diecut snowflakes
Pearl and gemstone stickers

 The first card features the layout I used the most this season when creating Christmas cards.  The main focus of this card is a tree image that I cut out from old scrapbook paper. This card layout also has a vintage key ribbon and bow embellishment. I used a brown ink pad to distress the edges of the tree image.  All of my cards this year have different mats and backgrounds.  I tried to use metallic and glitter papers as much as possible. This card has a stamped sentiment (that was used in most of the cards I made) and pearl accents. This layout is extremely simple... I had no problems manufacturing a bunch of similar cards quickly.  You could use a family photo or old Christmas card image instead of the tree image I chose to use.

This card has a similar layout to the card above, except the sentiment replaces the image.  This greeting card features a diecut snowflake and paper poinsettia flower.  The stamped sentiment is the same as the cards above. This card was embellished with clear gemstone stickers and a burgundy ribbon.  Just like the card above, I was able to quickly create a bunch of cards using this layout.

The layout for this card is the same as the first two cards, except their is no ribbon detail.  Instead, I used white lace behind the winter tree chipboard sticker.  Both the sentiment sticker and chipboard tree image used to create this card came from a winter scrapbooking kit.  I added pearls to this card to add a little extra bling.  I decided to make several winter cards this year as apposed to only Christmas cards.  I usually only make cards for close friends and family, but this year I wanted to give cards out to my doctors, mail man, city bus drivers, and co-workers. There were a lot of people who helped me this year both before and after surgery, so I wanted to give them all cards as a way of saying thanks.

 Here are a couple more winter cards with a horizontal layout.  The top card features snowflake diecuts, wreath ribbon, and a sentiment from a winter scrapbook kit. The bottom card features purple ribbon, a stamped sentiment, diecut snowflakes, and gemstone accents.  Almost all of the horizontal Christmas cards I made this year feature this layout, or a slight variance to this layout.  Just like the vertical cards, all of the horizontal cards have different mats and background papers. 

One or more of these cards are entered into the following Blog Challenges:

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
Emerald Creek Dares
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Deep Ocean Challenge
The Mixed Media Card Challenge

I do have a few other handmade cards to share with all of you, but will be posting them in a couple days.  Those cards will also be entered into various contests and challenges. I hope these simple cards inspire you to make your own greeting cards.  Thank you for visiting my blog, sharing my posts on social media, and subscribing to the Copper Blossom Blog.  Have a great night!  ❤ Tia - Copper Blossom Paperie ❤